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Flushable wipes clogging sewer pumps in Iberia Parish

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Wipes advertised as "flushable" are wreaking havoc on the Iberia Parish Sewer System District No. 1. Sewerage officials say the wipes are clogging systems nationwide because they don't dissolve the way toilet tissue does.

According to Barry Segura of the Iberia Parish Sewer District No 1, the "flushable " wipes are not biodegradable. When wipes get into a pump station. They can burn out the pumps and cause damages.  When that happens, the pumps have to be cleared manually. 

"It can clog the sewer line. The collections lines on the customer side," Segura said. "If the wipes make it past the sewer line into our lift station, then the wipes get sucked into our pumps. They'll start to jam up the pumps causing pump failure and the electric motor to burn." 

Unlike toilet paper, the wipes don't dissolve and are clogging pipes and burning out pumps.

The damages are costing the sewer district thousands of dollars to replace, Segura said. 

"In a year you can average at least a $100,000 that we'll spend in replacing pumps," Segura said. "In a month we'll probably burn up to 10 or 12 pumps." 

Flushing the wipes down the toilet might seem like a convenient idea, but what residents are really doing is putting your money down the drain. 

Some water bills have recently doubled, and sewerage officials say the wipes are to blame.

"The sewer district operates on a customer basis," Segura said. "We do not have a tax. We don't get any sort of funding. So if rates have to go up because of maintenance costs or burning pumps due to baby wipes or what they're flushing, then the rates have to go up to pay for this. So if it was to stop we might not have to go up." 

Officials are urging customers to stop flushing wipes and instead throw them in the trash. 

Along with the wipes, officials are also having problems with grease being poured down the drain. Officials are urging customers to not pour grease down the drain as well. 

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